Technology Overview

Technology Overview

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warm

cold

Thermochromic

Thermochromic inks or temperature inks change color with temperature, either cold- or heat-activated. They are available in water-based and UV Flexo, high speed Flexo and Gravure, Metal Deco, Offset Litho and UV Screen formats.

Photochromic

Photochromic ink or sunlight inks change color when exposed to UV light  When the photochromic inks are taken in the sun, the ink changes colors. These inks are available in UV Flexo, Metal Deco, Offset Litho and UV Screen formats.

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outdoors

indoors

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Glow-in-the-dark

Glow-in-the-Dark inks contain phosphors.  When phosphors are exposed to light, the phosphors are energized and radiate a glow effect.  This will last about 15 minutes in the dark. We offer this in UV Flexo, UV Wet Offset, Solvent-Based Flexo and Flexo Electron Beam Curable.

Security and

anti-tampering

Make your products easy to authenticate using a touch, rub, or special light. This is done with thermochromic, fluorescing, photochromic, or PhotoTag™ technologies.

Combination Lock

untampered

heat tampered

freeze tampered

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outdoors

Masterbatch

Create temperature or sunlight alerts, or bring surprise to routine experiences with color-changing plastics. CTI invented a new technology called PowerCapsules™.  PowerCapsules™ provide the strongest color intensity on the market and are available in thermochromic, photochromic and glow-in-the-dark.